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It's easy to assume that starting a rock band is as simple as, say, cooking a meal. You get the ingredients, pre-heat the oven, throw some stuff in a pan and that's it, right? Wrong. Starting a band -- or, rather, starting a successful band -- is a far more difficult and involved process. It's a lot like making a movie; before you can even consider shooting the scenes, you have to write the script, scout locations, cast the parts and find financiers. Movies are all but made in pre-production, and awesome rock bands are hinged on their very beginnings.

The following article will supply you with the information you need to not only start a band, but to build up your talent and commitment to a point that will all but guarantee your success. Learning how to become a rock star has never been so easy.

Learn About the Music Industry

Before you can truly commit to the task of starting a band, it's important that you understand the industry that you're about to navigate. Talk to friends or coworkers who may have done this before, or go to your local bookstore and browse the music section; there are always tons of great titles about both specific rock and pop artists and the music industry in general. Learn about how labels, booking agents and publicists work on the independent and major levels, and try to imagine how your band might fit into that.

As you learn more about the music industry, make goals for the start of your band. Aim for the stars, of course, but also use your new-found industry knowledge to create smaller, more achievable goals for yourself. The more you know about the music industry, the better you'll be able to imagine without question what you can or cannot achieve right off the bat.

Consider Lessons

Even if you are already pretty proficient with your chosen instrument, it can never hurt to try a lesson or two. Not only will music lessons get you used to playing constantly, they will also improve your ability to branch out into different styles and improvise. And, if you find an instructor who has worked within the music industry on a professional level, you might even pick up a few songwriting pointers! Check the closest college for classes in your instrument, or talk to someone at a well-respected music store; they'll almost certainly know where you can find a great music instructor.

And while you are at it, why not try a lesson or two in an instrument you don't already play? Every musician interested in starting a band can benefit from knowing a bit about all the instruments they intend to incorporate in their group. Learn some piano (especially how to read music), try your hand at vocal lessons, or get acquainted with the drums. Knowing your way around several instruments will aid in your ability to both write songs and find proficient band members.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Sure, it might go without saying, but practicing your instrument (or instruments) is the only surefire way to start a band; after all, the music itself is the key predictor of your success. Prioritize your time, make a rigid practice schedule and stick to it! Don't flake out on important obligations like work or school, but you can afford to skip a night of Gilmore Girls, can't you?

If you have a four-track recorder, or even a small tape recorder, consider recording your practice sessions. That way you can truly hear which aspects of your playing are improving and which need work. You'll also be able to pick out a general playing style that is characteristic of you, and knowing your strengths in that area is absolutely vital to starting a band.

See Live Music

No one can start a band in a vacuum -- you need to know what's going on in the world of music! If you haveĀ been out of the loop for awhile, or just downright too busy to get out that often, check your local papers for upcoming concerts and make a real effort to attend them. Try to encompass as many genres as possible, really get the full range of what bands are up to these days. Listen intently, even take notes, as to what seems to be prevalent among artists. You may hear some things you really want to try, or you may be disgusted and decide to completely buck tradition; either way, your band will have an instant leg up simply by knowing what other people are doing.

Seeing live music is also important when starting a band because shows can often help you forge fantastic contacts. If you see a band you like, don't hesitate to talk to them. Local bands are often extremely generous in giving you pointers and maybe even helping you set up your first show. Contacts, after all, are a lifeline for those interested in starting a band.

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